July 31, 2023

Fifth Consecutive Year for No Tuition Increase at WCU

State System of Higher Education Votes to Freeze Tuition

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West Chester University’s tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year will remain at the 2019-2020 rate, consistent with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors’ unanimous decision today to freeze basic in-state tuition for a fifth consecutive year.

Basic in-state tuition for undergraduate students at WCU and the System’s 13 other universities will remain at $7,716 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Also remaining the same will be the System’s technology fee for students, which stands at $478 (in state) for the academic year.

The Board of Governors today voted unanimously to freeze tuition for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year and applauded the General Assembly and Governor Josh Shapiro for their strong support of State System students.

With the decision, tuition for in-state undergraduate students (nearly 90% of whom are Pennsylvania residents) will be flat for six consecutive years (2018-2019 through 2023-2024). If tuition had kept pace with inflation since 2018, it would be 21% higher today.

“Freezing tuition for a fifth consecutive year has been a major priority for the State System universities to best serve our 85,000 students, many of whom are from low- and middle-income families,” said Cynthia Shapira, chair of the Board of Governors. “Our students depend on PASSHE universities for a high-quality education at the lowest cost.”

She added that the system appreciates “the General Assembly and Governor Shapiro for their continued strong investment in PASSHE students and the state-owned, public universities that serve them. PASSHE was created to benefit Pennsylvania, and funding from the state is a lifeline for our students to have access to higher education.”

In addition to keeping in-state undergraduate tuition at $7,716 for a sixth year, PASSHE students will receive $125 million in university-funded financial aid to help them afford their education. The tuition freeze and aid are possible due to increased state funding and PASSHE universities saving $300 million through a commitment to cost efficiencies.

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